Budweiser Budvar B:Original | Budějovický Budvar, n.p.

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Budweiser Budvar B:OriginalBudweiser Budvar B:Original
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Budweiser Budvar B:OriginalBudweiser Budvar B:Original

Brewed by:
Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Exported to the US as Czechvar.

Czechvar is the special name of the world famous beer produced by renowned brewery in České Budějovice, Czech Republic. Benefitting from over 700 years of brewing experience of the South Bohemian region, Czechvar is the golden original, acknowledged by many connoisseurs as one the best lagers in the world.

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Photo of EvanHarper
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a vanishingly brief head.

Aroma of vegetal, grassy hops and doughy pale malt.

Crisp, off-dry and slightly tart, with brisk grassy noble hops over a soft crackery pils malt base. Clean, simple, and refreshing, with no flaws. Very slight hint of sulfur in the background.

Feather-light and almost watery, emphasis here is on drinkability.

Overall, a fine quaffable pilsner. Apparently over-hyped, perhaps owing to its name conflict with the fizzy American swill, but leaving all that aside it's still a quite nice pale lager in its own right.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden yellow; rocky white head

Pretty typical pils aroma

Taste & Mouthfeel
Overall flavor is very similar to most Euro pilsners, though this one is just a bit cleaner, crisper, and hoppier than others (probably because it was on tap); body is thin and carbonation just fine

A good example of a pilsner.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a a nice (darker than other pilsners I have seen) golden color with a decent head, okay lacing, and very nice champagne like carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass

S- light and clean, sweet grainy maltiness, a very light hop aroma, much lighter than other czech pilsners I have tried

T- nice bread like sweetness at tip of the tounge followed by a a very spicey saaz hop taste, its so much more pronounced in the taste than the smell, I was surprised

M- light body and high carbonation, very clean semi dry mouthfeel

D- like most pilsners, a very drinkable brew, I'm still fairly new to pilsners, when I first got into good beer I tended to look down on most bottom fermented beverages, but this one (as far as czech pilsners go) is my new favorite for the style, a very good beer

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, pure yellow color, with afine, thick bone-white head, slowly shifting into a tight ring.
Aroma: blank and bare, simple, but not shallow, a hint of hops, dry, but delicate, possessing a stoicly sophisticated character.
Taste: nice little lift of hops enters the tongue, then quickly heads out and leaves the palate in a mellow condition. Light bodied, good balance, miniscule malt, making for an overall very nice, satisfactory lager. Only a few hop notes away from a pilsner like Urquell, perhaps.
After finally sampling this brew, I can understand why Anheuser-Busch has spent so much time, money and energy spanning a century plus to contest this beer's right to exist. If the Budweiser drinking suckers knew how dumbed down and cheap their version is, compared to the original they swiped from, in name, style, and slogan, who knows, maybe they'd question their choice.

Cheers to Morris729 for sending one out to me!

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Photo of Brenden
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know where this came from, but I've got one and I'm drinking it...

A steady cascade in this bright gold brew brings up a foamy white head that doesn't retain itself exceptionally well but doesn't face terribly quickly either. The lacing left behind in thin patches is in decent quantity.
The aroma gives up grassy undertones above pale malts and evident grains with a fairly decent hops presence more on the floral side with an herbal character to it and just a slight spicy bite.
Crisp, light, crackery malts make up the backbone of the flavor, and the balancing hops are certainly adequate for a Czech pils. Spiciness isn't lost and there's a bit of a citrus zest as well. While fairly dry, malts offer a light touch of sweetness lingering through along with it.
This beer is as crisp as it ought to be, light but certainly with more body and depth than it's AAL counterpart and its like. My only concern is that it the carbonation leads a bit too much toward effervescence.
I have to go with the consensus; this really is a nice pilsener.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this bottle from Cor H. Cor has a holiday home in the Czech Republic and after a visit there, he brought me this beer. Thanks Cor.

A - A beautiful white head and a bright yellow liquid. As it should be with a pilsner.

S - A nice hoppy aroma with lots of pine scents.

T - A nice good beer, not too much hoppyness in the flavor,read bitter tone, but a lot of pine and flower. What makes it a surprising beer.

M - Not too much carbonation but also not to little. It fits very nicely with the refreshing taste.

O - The beer has surprised me qua taste. You can totally not compare it with the American version. This is much nicer.

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Photo of srv33
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber, somewhat thin head that quickly dissapates to nothing with no collar and no lacing. Loads of medium size bubbles quickly from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Phew! This beer has some funk! Upon opening it has a nearly overwhelming scent of skunkiness and funk. Its not bad, but wow does it have some character - certainly curious about whats coming next. Aside from that and breadiness, not much else in the scent.

Mouthfeel: Relatively mild carbonation, light thickness, about what I'd expect but nothing remarkable.

Taste: Definitely more calm than the scent would suggest. A perfect example of a pilsener - but nothing truly extraordinary either. Definitely less skunky tasting than the scent suggests. Overall balanced. Notes of bread, light sweetness, grainy, I taste no hints of fruitiness as other reviewers have suggested though.

Overall: For the cost this would be a very nice sessionable beer, ideal for a hot summer day. Probably an easy "next step" for macro drinkers.

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Photo of bmwats
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the real Budweiser into a pilsner.

A: Dark golden color. Heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger white bubbly head. Settles into a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise as you drink, and small bubbles stay suspended throughout brew. No lacing.

S: Rich malt and light hops.

T: Medium-light hops, but a nice balance with a light but rich malt.

M: Starts with the hops, the malt follows up. Hoppy aftertaste. Aroma filters up into the nose a bit. Also, a little dry.

D: Light and refreshing palette.

Not too heavy of an alcohol taste. Good flavor and good balance. Not too much of an atmosphere, however, but does have a great color to its credit. I am not a big pilsner fan personally, but this is a really good representative for this style. Overall, very good quaff.

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Photo of treque
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Orange pale pigmentation , translucent. Serving generates a rich lather tone clear, with average retention wide bubble. The carbonation is light but steady small bubbles.

S: It has a biscuit and malt aroma with an ethyl touch .

T: With bitter taste beginning to end, with a long finish and most bitter

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Photo of BucBasil
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured crystal clear from the bottle into a pilsner glass with a quickly dissipating perfectly white head that was about one finger thick. Color is typical pilsner gold.

Smell: Extremely clean, with some grassy notes around in there. Not too much to say about this one...

Taste: Again... this one is ridiculously clean and easy going. A nice grassy hop character shines through, and then finishes nicely with a hint of citrus. Compare this to a light American macro, but about 50 times better, without any adjuncts. Very refreshing after a long hot day. You'll never want to go back to American macros again.

Drinkability: Again, compare this to an American light macro - light, easy going, but with a bit more alcohol in it. Fantastic on a hot day, and extremely sessionable.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I loved in Czech for 6 months and I would have to say this was one of my favorites. Most of Americans didn't like it as much and opted for the less pungent Gambrinus. Great example of a fine Pilsner. I tried back in the US and I would have to say it's not the same. But, still a great beer.

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Photo of donzilake
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can served in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a clear yellow to orange (golden) color forming a one to two fingers bubbled and aired white head. Medium retention and few lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Refreshing in the nose. Strong notes of Saaz hops which is grassy and citrus. Notes of sweet grains

T: Refreshing in the mouth too. Grainy upfront. Pale malts and caramel malts. Strong notes of Saaz hops. Again, grassy and citrus. In overall, a dry taste with a nice hops bitterness punch

M: Light body and good carbonation. Grassy and lemony aftertaste

O: Very good drinkability. Not as good as Urquell, but still a classic Czech Pilsener

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with a full rocky white head; plentiful effervescence, transparent and a light sticky lace. The aroma is fresh, grassy and a little skunky with some fruity background. The taste has a very light sweetness with a crisp light and lingering hop finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a presence of hops to the end.

IMHO: A good representation of the style. Somewhat one-dimensional. Refreshing cold, but lost it?s appeal as it warmed.

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Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Pilsener pours a nice golden yellow color and has a foamy white head that shrinks down quickly to just a small bit of foam in my glass. It smells like other Czech lagers: grassy, with just a bit of sweetness.

The taste is above average, too. The bitterness from (I guess) Saaz hops is just balanced by the malts. It has the typical Czech golden lager flavor. There is a little odd flavor -- just a hint of metal, maybe -- that I would rather not taste. But for all I know this is exactly what the brewers want so I'm not really counting it against the beer.

The body is good, light and crisp.

There is nothing wrong with Czechvar and it is certainly better than many mainstream American lagers. If you're looking for a nice lager Czechvar is a good choice.

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Photo of solomon1122
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pretty good. not bitter
pretty smooth.
not strong.

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Photo of turkob
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, clear, macro-lager

S: Exceeded expectations. Clean malt aroma with more hops than you'd expect from a czech pilsner.

T: Balanced and light. Nice malt base, good character but little hops on the finish.

M: Medium body, sits on the tongue nicely. Finishes kind of quick.

O: Solid, refreshing and down the middle.

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Photo of Dzu
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrpicklerelish
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance - Poured a light golden color with a very small head that seemed to vanish rather quickly. My second bottle had about an inch thick head that stayed a little longer that left only minimal lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - A hint fo malty sweetness with some floral scents. Also has a few very small hop notes to it.

Taste - Very very smooth malty sweet taste. Nothing to overpowering but very well done taste.

Mouthfeel - A very light feeling beer, very crisp, with a little carbonation. Very refreshing taste.

Drinkability - Very very easy to drink. One you could easily drink after a day out in the yard doing yardwork in the heat.

Comments - I have also had this in Germany while stationed there a few years ago while in the military and was very happy to see it finally come stateside albeit with a new name. Same great taste, same easy to drink beer that I remember. One not to be missed if you get the chance to try it.

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Photo of livingregret
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint bottle serving size

Appearance: A deep golden colour w/ a light head....very appealing

Smell: Grassy aroma smell similar to other lagers

Taste: Starts out well enough w/ some hops and has a bit of spice toward the end. Good drink

Mouthfeel: Light feel w/ some carbonation

Drinkability: One of my favorite lagers and I will glady buy more

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Photo of StoutandBitter
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden brown, with almost no head and no lacing.

S - Very mild, some hops, some fruity notes.

T - Pleasant, slightly metallic, fairly typical of its type.

M - The fruityness comes late and coats the tongue like a very mild wine

D - Very drinkable, a good summer afternoon lazing in the backyard kind of beer. Recommended.

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Photo of rednrag
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this beer for years, I guess like everyone I was intrigued by the Anheuser-Busch controversy. Plus, I really like European lagers. I personally think Urquell is a beautiful beer (the only other Czech beer I've had). This also is a pretty dam fine lager. Probably not as good as Urquell, but still pretty good. If you're a fan of Euro lagers like I am, you will like this one.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS

Poured a surprisingly dark golden color. Head was little if at all.

Like all Bohemian Pils, this one was darker than one might expect. Still light, just a darker gold than one expects from a pils, especially if one is used to, say, Miller Lite as their "pils" of choice. The aroma is quite nice, almost all devoted to the grain. There is a little hop presence in the nose, but it quickly steps to the side to let the grain shine through. There's a slight hint of buttery diacetyl here as well.

Flavor reflects the aroma quite well. The taste is a good, clean graininess, with the hops there but still playing a subservient role. It seems hops are there simply to keep the beer from being sweet, yet their presence is more than that. They are stronger than one might initially expect, and the bitterness let loose by them makes the beer rather sharp in a good way. There's still that hint of buttery diacetyl to contend with. It's become almost obligatory for a Bohemian Pils to have this buttery aroma/flavor to it. Sad, yet understandable. It's a detraction, yet it is not. When one truly does expect to find the diacetyl flavor and aroma, one is honestly disappointed to find it missing. Fortunately, one is not disappointed here. In with all the clean grainy goodness is that butterscotch aroma and flavor. It shouldn't be there, yet it should. Go figure. Welcome to the world of BoPils. Otherwise, the flavor is clean and crisp, with good carbonation, and a cleanliness that is unusual in nearly all other beers. Only the lingering diacetyl and the surprisingly biter hops gets your attention. Otherwise it's a grainy but good Bo Pils.

The mouthfeel is decidedly light, which is a good thing, considering the style. One would want this to be light and drinkable, and it is.

Overall, this is a fine, fine beer from the Czech Republic. If one goes into this tasting know that one will get the butter of a strong diacetyl content, it's perfectly fine. If not, their surprise, I guess. Overall, this is a very nice beer, worthy of the Budweiser name, whether the courts say so or not. I enjoyed it, and provided you know about diacetyl, I expect you will too. Good stuff, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Naugled
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice sharp carbonation, a quick white head, and a crystal clear yellow straw body.

Mostly sweetness in the nose, corn and skunk.

Good malt hop balance, some sweetness but balanced very well.

Medium body not real rich but nice.

Very drinkable, good session beer.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this many times over the years, I have tended to prefer it to Pilsner Urquell for its dryness.

Pours gold, nice head.

metallic, herbal saaz flavour

thinn-ish mouthfeel, nice carb. Drying finish, little bitterness.

Just a very good beer, but for my tastes now I'd like a fair bit more bitternesss and more saaziness :)

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Budweiser Budvar B:Original from Budějovický Budvar, n.p.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,587 ratings